The first mural established in downtown Pine Bluff has been restored.
Norton Arts Inc. of Little Rock, Arkansas and New York, New York, a company that conserves fine and historic art was hired by Pine Bluff Downtown Development, Inc. to restore the “Main Street 1888” mural. This mural is an actual representation of how Main Street looked in the year 1888 and has been a very popular tourist attraction for the city of Pine Bluff. A small park was constructed around the mural that has been used by the public for a number of years. The Main Street mural, located at Third and Main Street was painted by internationally known artist, Robert Dafford, of Lafayette, La. He and his mural company completed the mural in 1992.
Over the years, sunlight and water damage has faded this very famous mural. With the help of artists Mica Balcom and Jake Burns, the mural was conserved by removing all detritus and organic growth. The masonry substrate was treated for stabilization and consolidation. The mural paint was stabilized and restored with archival, reversible and resilient coating.
The work done by Norton Arts was funded by a grant from the Howard-Poteet Foundation, Relyance Bank, trustee.
The Pine Bluff Downtown Development mural committee, Dabney Pelton, chair, is seeking funding for the restoration of other murals located in downtown Pine Bluff.